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Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation

Turner, Woody and Rondinini, Carlo and Pettorelli, Nathalie and Mora, B and Leidner, A. K. and Szantoi, Z. and Buchanan, G and Dech, Stefan and Dwyer, J and Herold, M and Koh, L. P. and Leimgruber, Peter and Taubenböck, Hannes and Wegmann, Martin and Wikelski, Martin and Woodcock, C. (2015) Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation, 182, pp. 173-176. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.048. ISSN 0006-3207.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000632071400473X#


Satellite remote sensing is an important tool for monitoring the status of biodiversity and associated environmental parameters, including certain elements of habitats. However, satellite data are currently underused within the biodiversity research and conservation communities. Three factors have significant impact on the utility of remote sensing data for tracking and understanding biodiversity change. They are its continuity, affordability, and access. Data continuity relates to the maintenance of long-term satellite data products. Such products promote knowledge of how biodiversity has changed over time and why. Data affordability arises from the cost of the imagery. New data policies promoting free and open access to government satellite imagery are expanding the use of certain imagery but the number of free and open data sets remains too limited. Data access addresses the ability of conservation biologists and biodiversity researchers to discover, retrieve, manipulate, and extract value from satellite imagery as well as link it with other types of information. Tools are rapidly improving access. Still, more cross-community interactions are necessary to strengthen ties between the biodiversity and remote sensing communities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/94598/
Document Type:Article
Title:Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Turner, WoodyEarth Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USAUNSPECIFIED
Rondinini, CarloUniversity of Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Pettorelli, NathalieInstitute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London UKUNSPECIFIED
Mora, BWageningen University, the NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Szantoi, Z.Joint Research Centre of the EuropeanUNSPECIFIED
Buchanan, GRSPB, Edinburgh, UKUNSPECIFIED
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dwyer, JUS Geological SurveyUNSPECIFIED
Herold, MWageningen University, the NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, Hanneshannes.taubenboeck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wegmann, Martinmartin.wegmann (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Wikelski, MartinMax Planck InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Biological Conservation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.048
Page Range:pp. 173-176
Keywords:article lsfe conservation biodiversity
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Geoscientific remote sensing and GIS methods
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Wöhrl, Monika
Deposited On:21 Jan 2015 09:24
Last Modified:21 Jan 2015 09:24

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